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NTSPP – 156

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 156

A Puzzle by Isla

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NTSPP – 110 (Review)

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 110

A Puzzle by Isla

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Although it is over a year since Isla produced his debut puzzle, it was well worth the wait to solve this gem.  Some very nice surface readings and a good variety of wordplay devices made this a satisfying crossword to solve.

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NTSPP – 110

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 110

A Puzzle by Isla

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Welcome to the latest in our series of puzzles, which have now been running every week for over two years.

You all loved Isla’s debut puzzle, but that was over a year ago.  I have persuaded him to have another go, and I’m sure you will enjoy this one just as much.

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NTSPP – 045 (Review)

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 045 (Review)

A Puzzle by Isla

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This week we have a sterling quality debut puzzle from Isla – hopefully the first of many.  In his post on the “Comments” thread, Isla acknowledges some help from a more experienced cruciverbalist.  However, to produce such a good puzzle, the initial version must have been spectacular to start with.  In one or two places, I think I detected the hand of Anax in the final version of clues – was he our rising star’s mentor for this puzzle?

This puzzle was certainly at the tough end of the spectrum with some delightful wordplay with only a couple of possibly too obscure references.

Finally, my apologies for the late arrival of the review.  I have been busy preparing Christmas services.

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NTSPP – 045 (Comments)

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 045

A Puzzle by Isla

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Welcome to the forty fifth in our series of weekly puzzles.

Today we have a first puzzle from a new setter. Isla, neither Scottish nor female, is a fan of Chilean footballer Mauricio Isla, the 22-year-old right-back who plays for Udinese in Italy. This puzzle is on the tough side, but well-worth the effort.

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